Sunday, July 8, 2012

Review: Easy

Easy By Tammara Webber

CreateSpace, 316 Pages

Unfortunately, the coughing drew her attention. "Are you dying or something?" she asked, affecting a perfect sneer as I shook my head. "Well, hacking up a lung out in public isn't all that attractive - just sayin'." My face flamed, but then Benji leaned up and spoke around me. "Um, giving half the class an exhaustive summary every Monday morning--in lurid detail--of how much of an alcoholic skank you are? Isn't all that attractive either. Just sayin'.”

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life. Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.

Jacqueline, our main character, is being cornered by Buck, her ex-boyfriends friend, and nearly gets raped. Wow. You really didn't expect that after reading the blurb! It is an important part of the story, though. This book is about romance, but also sexual assault and how to overcome the fear after an attack. It was very sensitive with the topic, not too detailed, but still showing the fears and thoughts of the victims. What I didn't like was that suddenly everywhere rape victims seemed to sprout out of nowhere. But maybe that's exactly what the book wanted to show - you think you are alone, but if you fight you will see there are others.

I was frustrated by the little regard other women showed the rape victims in this book, it was just really one scene but I hope to god women wouldn't really act like this when confronted with an obvious rape in their midst. "Maybe you want to frame him" my ass. Women who say that are no better than women who actually do shit like that.

Anyway, the romance between Lucas and Jacqueline is very first-crush like. They are both jittery it seems and unsure about themselves, but very passionate, ha. The big mystery about Landon isn't really a big mystery and if anybody feels that was a spoiler i say "Bitch, please." Some things are just way to obvious. However, the mystery around Lucas' tattoos and background was a bit more startling and, I felt, a bit over the top, too.

Rating ★★★☆☆


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